Living the Creative Life

Creativity is the rational application of intuition
for the purpose of adding value to self and other.

Each of us is a creative person, whether we are consciously aware of it or not. To live the creative life is to consciously engage the creative process, to actively and deliberately shape our world in ways that best serve our highest good, and the highest good of the culture in which we live. There are countless ways to achieve this. Creative people give themselves permission to choose the path that is most in sync with who they are at the deepest level, and to create lives that generously serve themselves and others. They express these unique paths through their daily lives, through their work in the world, and through the connections they make with everyone that they meet. They create their worlds through the thoughts that they think, especially those that they believe at a deep level, as well as through the choices they make, and the ways in which they put those choices into action. As one ancient text says,

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.


All forms of art and creative expression can be understood as forms of symbolic healing. The artistic healing process is first of benefit primarily for the artist herself, and then, gradually, it becomes a healing process for the community that the artist serves. The artistic process may be seen as one in which the artist first identifies what he or she is attempting to heal in themselves (usually on an emotional/spiritual level). The next step is to identify how this healing vision of the artist is relevant and healing for the community that the artist serves. Following this path, giving voice to individual self-transformation through artistic expression begins to impact the wider human community.



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